Roxbury Mines is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Roxbury, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
511 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

The Main Loop (blue blazes) is a moderately difficult, 3.5-mile trail.

1 month ago

Great hike. Bummed we apparently missed the trail that breaks off for the bridge, but overall very good hike.

Great hike.

4 months ago

hiked it with my dog today awesome

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4 months ago

Echoing everyone, especially Matthew’s review. I did all the trail and the loop. One of my new favorites! The trail, especially on the nature loop and carters, was only a foot wide, if that. It fits the natural contours and landscape. Beautiful!
The history made it unique.

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4 months ago

A good, challenging (at times) trail. A little confusing returning to the parking lot. Perhaps more signage would help. Don't forget the bug spray.

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5 months ago

Very unique place. After a brief walk from the trail head you reach the furnace area. You can either check it out immediately - which I did - or leave it for the end of the loop. There are signs explaining the history of the site and the iron mining operation that once existed there. The furnace is pretty impressive. After that I headed back up to the blue-blazed Donkey Trail and continued to follow it gradually uphill until I reached the yellow-blazed "nature trail" - a nice diversion with lots of beautiful mountain laurel in bloom. That eventually hooks back up with the blue trail and continues gradually uphill until you come to the first of the mine entrances, closed up. At that point you have the choice to either continue on the blue trail or take the unmarked trail that leads up into the hills - that's what I did. Eventually that too spits you back out onto the blue trail near the last of the bat cages. If you just continue around the blue loop you eventually start going downhill to Hodge Road and that leads you back to the Furnace. But if you are adventurous you can also add the 2-mile Carter Trail (red). It's worth it - a sea of ferns, lots more mountain laurel and some nice elevation rises. All told the route I took was 7.2 miles. If you like nice shady hikes with some history and natural beauty this is a good choice.

6 months ago

awesome hike! did today with Cubscouts. they had a blast checking out the mines, bag caves, and furnace sites! ranged on age from 5 to 9 and they all did wonderful.

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8 months ago

Lots of History fun to Explore. My wife and I were there on a Sunny Day a few days after a March Snow Storm. Every thing looked picturesque.

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8 months ago

Nice hike, didn’t take long to complete. Will definitely go back with the dog.

8 months ago

I’m not writing a review I’m just saying why can’t I find the mine?!? Tried to go look for some garnet today was walking along the water not sure what I was looking for, took a slip and fall and sprained my ankle. That’s what I get for going off the beaten path right after all the snow melted.... guess I’ll be waiting til summer. Ouch

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11 months ago

Excellent hike for all ages.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

nice trail careful with fall leaves and rocks

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Great hike but definitely not 3.6. Blue blaze trail is 4.4 miles if do the red trail it will be 6.5 miles. I don’t know why people are saying you scramble rocks because there is no rock scrambling. Straight up hill for about .5 miles but not too difficult! Great ruins of the old mine. Stay to your left when you start the trail unless you want to do uphill on your way back.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Wow! The first half is more of a hike, with a good scrabble up a steep rocky incline, and the back half took us through a flat woodland road. The historic points of interest were great. Please don't drop anything down the mines, let the earth trolls sleep! :)

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Went hiking here during Labor Day weekend after seeing the trail listed as one of Connecticut's best. The mix of terrain and the ruins in the first part of the loop made for an interesting trail but the second half was flat an dull. More of a nature walk than a hike. The signage wasn't very good either as everyone seemed to come to where the gorge bridge should have been and then looked very confused and walked away. Overall though, it was a great hike. Beware of parking though as there isn't much. You can park on the dirt road but it is narrow so be careful.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Nice mix of terrain with a few moderate climbs. Interesting historic site with remains of the mining facility from the 19th century. We look forward to seeing it again.

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Friday, September 01, 2017

Really cool trail with lots of neat things to see. Just enough climbing mixed with flat walking trails. Looking forward to going back.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

easy to find, well marked trails, mines are cool!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great trail. Well maintained. Many interesting sites for kids of all ages.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Roxbury Land Trust does a terrific job of maintaining all of their properties. This is among my favorite among their holdings.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The old Mining town structures were really neat!

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Moderate trail
Got lost a couple of times but found our way back
Took two hours

backpacking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great hike! Goes from easy to moderate along the whole way, the loop was much more worth it than seeing the attractions before hand!

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Tree frogs are out and singing their songs. Did 4.3 mile loop on blue marked Quarry trail. Some mud in two or three spots, otherwise dry. Took about 90 minutes roundtrip from parking lot. Shepaug River is high and glowing briskly right now.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Pretty easy minus a few steep/rocky sections. Trail is marked, but still gets a little confusing. Overall an interesting place to take a short day trip

Sunday, November 20, 2016

This was a wonderful hike! A little bit of everything.

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Awesome spot. Easy to follow trails with some steep spots to keep it fun and challenging. Lots of fallen leaves made the trail a bit tough in spots as you can really start to slide, but hiking poles really help with this. Cool historical spots with lots of informational placards explaining the mining operation and donkey trail. Bat cages were really cool too. We will definitely return.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

For the most part it was moderate, however, the mine loop was completely flat. Other than that there was a nice mix on incline and I was able to do it in sneakers. Hardly saw anyone on the trail.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Beautiful hike! Lots of rock which can make it steep in some parts, but it was a very dynamic hike!

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